At what age???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by beebiz, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. beebiz

    beebiz Songster

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    I have some Buff Orphingtons and some Plymouth Barred Rocks that were hatched out on April 5 of this year. About a week and a half ago, some of the Buff boys started trying to crow. Though they sounded (and still do) pitiful, I have to give them an "E" for effort!! And admittedly, I enjoy hearing them belt out their attempts to keep up with the neighbor's roosters!! [​IMG]

    At what age or about what age should the girls start to lay eggs? As I said they are all 3 months old today. I was thinking that the girls started laying within 2 or 3 weeks of the boys beginning to crow, but can't remember for sure.

    Any help that you can lend would be greatly appreciated.

    Robert
     
  2. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Songster

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    i was wondering the same thing about my americauna pullet she is 8 weeks.

    im thinking in about 35235123 months lol
    idk.
     
  3. FluffyChickenMama

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    My Barred Rocks started around 4-5 mths.. I got them in October and found my first egg around mid Feb - first part of March.. they were all laying at 5 mths..and the cold weather didnt seem to affect them at all... I would expect the same for the BO.. I think thats about normal unless you have commerical layer types..
     
  4. Rooster01

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    Most breeds of chicken will start laying at the 5-6 month mark. Some will begin to lay earlier, some will begin to lay later. Barred rocks start at about 5 months.
     
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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    In weeks, which is the way I always think of it, from 19-24 weeks.
     
  6. ChloesChicky

    ChloesChicky In the Brooder

    My two buff Orphingtons are 21 weeks old and have NOT started laying. I'm going crazy waiting for an egg!!! I also was wondering when they start laying!

    I told those little ladies that if I didn't see an egg soon they were going to the zoo to be fed to the tigers!! [​IMG]
     
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  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Should be in a week or two for you. Mine started at 22 and 23 weeks, respectively. I currently have a Blue Orp pullet who is now 22 weeks and just popped out a tiny little pullet egg.
     
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  8. beebiz

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    Thanks for all of the replies. After having read all of the posts, it seems like I remember reading a book some time ago about chickens and it said around 5 to 6 months of age. But, I have learned not to place tooooo much trust in my memory any more!!! LOL [​IMG]

    Thanks again,
    Robert
     

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